CHRIS & LORIN ROWAN
“The modern day Everly Brothers
with a splash of bluegrass...”
Chris and Lorin Rowan were born and raised near
David Geffen came to the rescue and signed the brothers (now with Peter as part of the group) to Asylum. With Peter in tow they changed their moniker to simply The Rowans. They recorded three albums; The Rowans (1976) (reissued on CD by Collector’s Music Choice in 2003) Sibling Rivalry (1977) and Jubilation (1978). The two later albums have also just been reissued by Collector’s Music Choice in 2003, combined on one CD. The albums sold moderately well with a couple of singles breaking the top 100. Peter eventually went back to his bluegrass roots and Chris and Lorin continued for a while as The Rowans before venturing into some different musical areas. Throughout the years Chris and Lorin and occasionally Peter have continued to play as The Rowans periodically. In 1999 they released the bluegrass-based Tree On the Hill (Sugar Hill Records) and in 2003 Crazy People (Evangeline). Both Chris and Lorin have also released independent albums and have various side music projects.
Now, Chris and Lorin come full circle with the release of their new album "Now and Then" (BOS Music). The two-CD set will contain 34 genre-jumping tracks. Disc one features seventeen newly recorded songs that are laced with tight harmonies, haunting melodies and underscored by crisp guitar, mandolin and steel guitar picking. They offer a versatile and exciting mixture of bluegrass-flavored folk and Everly Brothers style rock and country. Contrasting the new tracks are seventeen vintage cuts (all previously unreleased in the
Several of the Rowans songs have been recorded by national artists ranging from Jefferson Starship to most recently, the title track of country artist Ricky Skaggs' Grammy Award winning CD, "Soldier of the Cross", written by Lorin. A stripped down reworking of the song, here renamed “Soldier's Cross”, is on the new album serving as a musical segue between the new and the old.
The Rowans have appeared at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, the Kerrville Folk Fest, TX, and Telluride Music Festival, toured extensively as The Rowan Brothers (sometimes with brother, Peter) in the U.S. Europe, and
Most recently the brothers performed with Phil Lesh as members of Phil Lesh & The Hepcats’ with Lorin on lead guitar/vocals and Chris on acoustic rhythm guitar/vocals. At the start of 2003, Chris and Lorin played the featured actor/musician roles of brothers Cal and Fred Maddox, in the world premiere of the musical play ‘The Maddox Brothers and Rose’ (Sprekels Theatre/Performance Center of the Arts); the story of one of country music’s most popular earliest bands to mix country with rockabilly.
Venue: Loring Greenough House,
Volunteers: This is a 100% volunteer-run effort. If you are interested in helping, please read the Volunteer Policy at http://groups.google.com/group/notlobmusic/web/volunteer-policy
Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org Reservations are recommended as seating is limited to 40 and most past shows have sold out.
MBTA: Take #39 bus from either Back Bay Station or Forest Hills Station to the Monument stop, directly in front of the Loring-Greenough House, at the intersections of Centre and South Streets.
Parking: The Loring Greenough House lot holds 12 cars, gates will be closed when full. A public lot is located behind Blanchard’s liquors, one block away.
Saturday, November 10, 2007, 7:30 pm ~ Kristin Cifelli w/ Carie Cherron ~ Contemporary Folk ~ http://www.myspace.com/kristincifelli, http://www.kristincifelli.com, http://www.carriecheron.com/
Saturday, November 17, 2007, 7:30 pm ~ Mare
Saturday, December 15, 2007, 8:00 pm ~ Jud Caswell & Pat Wictor ~ Contemporary Folk & Traditional Blues ~ http://www.judcaswell.com, http://www.myspace.com/judcaswell, http://www.patwictor.com, http://www.myspace.com/patwictor
Saturday, December 22 2007, 8:00 pm ~ A very special holiday concert featuring Bob Franke ~ Traditional Folk ~ http://www.bobfranke.com